Autonomous Vehicles Take to the Roads

This year, some automakers started offering semi-autonomous driving under certain circumstances. In the not too distant future, these same types of technology will likely be part of every electronic OEMs logistics planning. 

Automation of cars and trucks have the potential to increase safety and affordability of transportation, and will allow more cars to navigate the roads. In the next five years, the number of self-driving features will increase. However, some roadblocks, including potential liability, the need for regulation, and the practicalities of legislation still remain. 

According to Navigant Research, 85 million autonomous-capable vehicles are expected to be sold annually around the world by 2035. “Studies have shown that measurable improvements in traffic flow can be expected if as few as 10% of vehicles on a road are using adaptive cruise control, which is just one type of advanced driver assistance,” said Dave Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant Research in a written statement. “One of the challenges is not just to get the systems installed, but to provide incentives for people to use them on a daily basis.”

The infographic below, created by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Electrical Engineering degree program, lays out some of the realities of autonomous vehicles, and takes a closer look at the potential legal, ethical and engineering, challenges.

— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook

18 comments on “Autonomous Vehicles Take to the Roads

  1. Pablo Valerio
    September 17, 2016

    Hailey, very interesting piece and inforgrafic.

    I believe the first fully autonomous vehicles on the road will be taxis. Although there are already many self-driving rail vehicles in operation in several cities, there are not on open roads.

    I recently wrote an article for Cities of the Future where I argue that many taxi driving jobs will disappear by 2025. Self-driving taxicabs, using electric vehicles, will probably be the preferred method of mobility in cities by the end of the next decade.

    Autonomous ride sharing and ride-hailing services are also the end game of the companies such as Uber and Lyft. Both companies are actively investing millions of dollars, through partnerships with technology companies and academic institutions, to develop and launch driverless taxi services within five years.

    Ford recently announced that they will have a fully autonomous driverless car ready in five years, and it would initially target ride-hailing, ride-sharing fleets, and delivery services.

    Autonomous vehicles will surely eliminate millions of jobs in the transportation industries, but the safety benefits and reduction of traffic and pollution are enormous. Kevin Kelly recently worte on his book “The Inevitable”:  “One of the advantages of having AIs drive our cars is that they won't drive like humans, with our easily distracted minds”

  2. JenniferCraig
    September 18, 2016

    It's really great information! Thanks for sharing!

  3. umutarcn
    September 19, 2016

    Hi, Thank for sharing and info. 

  4. sosoabram
    October 8, 2016

    This is great

  5. florian665
    October 9, 2016

    this is a nice share!


  6. umutarcn
    October 11, 2016

    Thank you for information..

  7. Kolina
    October 12, 2016

    Then buses and so on. Great article. I thin we will se more and more automatisation im many sectors. 

  8. Benjamin
    October 12, 2016

    Thank you for sharing such a useful information here in the blog.

  9. desiraewooff
    October 12, 2016

    Thank you so much for this !


  10. sigmund
    October 15, 2016

    I have been reading about this topic quite a lot lately. It's interesting to see what kind of moral choices these autonomous cars will make in the future!

  11. umutarcn
    October 16, 2016

    Thanks for info, great post..

  12. clavier
    October 17, 2016

    It's really great information! Thanks for sharing!

  13. malkova
    October 20, 2016

    good job guys, thanks for the useful and interesting information!

  14. ellisers
    April 7, 2017

    It's interesting to see what kind of moral choices these autonomous cars will make in the future!

  15. rayray
    April 8, 2017

    I found this article very interesting

  16. matiss
    July 28, 2017

    One thing I would like to tell you is that you have hired an amazing infographic designer. Very informative infographic it is.

    September 14, 2017

    Great opinion and 192.168.l78.1

  18. Faustine
    September 19, 2017

    This is very great and brilliant information

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.